Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Asia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

APAC: Trans-Pacific Partnership

The rehashed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which entered into force at the end of 2018, has remained a mysteriously silent force without a visible independent administration or website …

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Asia: No, 5G radiation doesn’t spread the Coronavirus

A number of reliable sources are reporting that foreign nationals, particularly from Europe and North America, are facing “some difficulties and ill-treatment” in relation to a mistaken perceived coronavirus risk they pose …

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Macau (China): Lawmakers pass overall minimum wage bill

The minimum hourly wages for cleaners and doormen employed by the property management sector have been increased by 6 …

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Asia: The impact of AI technology on the Asian economy

MIT’s Technology Review has published the results of its study on the impact of AI technology on the Asian economy …

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Macau: Employment agencies to have duties assisting foreign workers’ integration into society

The second round of discussions on the employment agency regulation has been commenced recently …

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Tajikistan: 30 days’ visa free for citizens of Tajikistan and Kazakhstan

Citizens of Tajikistan and Kazakhstan will soon be permitted to travel to each other’s country and remain there without registration for any period up to 30 days …

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Laos: Government approves minimum wage increase

The monthly minimum wage in the private sector has risen from 900,000 kip (US$107) to 1 …

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South East Asia: Employment of disabled people in Vietnam

A meeting APEC member countries has just taken place in Hà Nội, Vietnam to discuss the employment of disabled people in the region …

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South East Asia: Proposed common minimum wage

The Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, has called for the establishment of a common minimum wage across member states of ASEAN to prevent “unhealthy competition” …

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Asia: Pay growth projections

A survey  of Japanese companies operating in Asia conducted by Nikkei Research has found that the annual growth in wages and salaries is likely to be lower in Indonesia in 2016 (10 …

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South East Asia: Will the new ASEAN economic community mean much for employers?

After twelve years of negotiations the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) agreement has finally been signed by all ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar) …

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South East Asia: Health and safety concerns in South East Asia

Companies operating in Cambodia and surrounding countries have been reporting problems caused by crop spraying around industrial zones …

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